Even with other "pod" products I instinctively use 2 pods per load. I just feel more comfortable using 2 pods per load no matter what the brand may be. This may be a little less than cost effective but comparable products generally come in 14 pack bags so you are getting more with this product if you look at it this way.
As far as the overall clean, I was very impressed. I was skeptical at first just because of the unique design of the pod but definitely felt my clothes came out cleaner. I should note that my husband is a master carpenter by trade so his clothes are always soiled by whatever he maybe working on.
The scent I thought was very nice and not overpowering or anything. It does have a scent though, but you really have to sniff it out on the clothes to find it. I do really like this though and do recommend it for anyone and everyone.